January 29, 2018
We heard from IMG Senior Guide Phunuru Sherpa this morning. Phunuru and our Sherpa Team just finished up their annual training in Phortse at the Khumbu Climbing School. He reports that “like all other years, the training this year went smooth!” Good to hear. Looking at the photos of the training, it looks like the Sherpa enjoyed beautiful weather and some fantastic ice! All of our IMG Sherpa climbers have attended this training over the years. We are proud to say that we are employing more than 70 of them for Mount Everest and Lhotse. Nice job you guys!
Phunuru has also received word from up the valley, on Mount Everest. The Winter Expedition that is currently climbing has reported the Icefall in great condition. The route through the Icefall is very direct with only 10 ladders right now and is slightly to the right of center. This is also good to hear because we like keeping the route away from the West Shoulder of Mount Everest.
Phunuru will be working with our Spring teams on Mount Everest and Lhotse before heading over to Tanzania this summer for a few trips up Kilimanjaro.
All is well in the Khumbu Valley!